Hi everyone. It has been sometime since I posted, I was diagnosed with PMR/GCA in February 2011, Temporal Arthritis confirmed by Biopsy. A couple of bad flares but down to 6.5 Preds by the beginning of the year. I had already had two bad coughing viruses and another one started February, I thought I was over that too but then I was hit with the Spring Flu virus. I never thought it possible to feel so ill and survive. I had a chest infection, the first antibiotic didn't work, the Doctor came again and said he thought I had multiple viruses, the second antibiotic stared working on the third day, I was told to up my Preds to 40 for 5 days and then go back to 6.5. Quite naturally I strained my chest and back coughing, which was very painful. When I reduced the preds the pain got worse and I realised the PMR had returned. I took another 10mg that day and 10mg the next day (today) but upped it to 20 at lunchtime as the pain was so bad. What I would like to know is do you think I have done the right thing and will it work and should I increase it more if the pain doesn't go. Pain killers just don't work with PMR as we all know. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you and good luck everyone.
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